Dear Conservation Voter,

My name is Shawn Drury and I started as the Field Director for Conservation Voters in September. I work on communications, campaigns and outreach. I spend much of my time talking to you, our members. One of my main areas of focus is to let you know what we’re working on and how you can get involved.

I was born and raised in northeastern Pennsylvania in a small town of about 3,000. If there have been three constants in my life they are writing, politics and the outdoors. Prior to coming to CVSC, I was an English teacher and a journalist covering state and national politics.

One of the great things about where I grew up is that my friends and I experienced all four seasons and took advantage of it by spending as much time as possible outside. In the fall and winter we played football. There’s nothing like tackle football in a few inches of snow. When the temperature dipped below freezing, we often took a garden hose and turned the basketball court into an ice rink, so we could play something resembling hockey. On the first warm day, we went to that same basketball court and shoveled off the ice and snow and began working on our jump shots. In the summer, we played baseball, walked, hiked and biked, and swam at Aylesworth Lake.

I can’t imagine a better place to have been a kid. I think everyone should have the chance to grow up like I did. Unfortunately, many of the places where I spent time as a child have been paved over, built on or made unrecognizable.

South Carolina reminds me a lot of the Pennsylvania of my youth. Mountains and beaches are both a short drive away. Rivers flow throughout our state and animals run free.

If there is one thing I’ve learned about natural resources, it’s that once they are altered, it becomes very difficult to get them back to their original state. When we protect them, we are not just protecting our memories, we are protecting those of our children and grandchildren.

That’s why I’m proud to be a Conservation Voter. What kind of Conservation Voter are you?